remember the fifth of November… and so I shall. The Fifth of November, better
known as Guy Fawkes Day or Bonfire Night, is celebrated throughout London each
year in celebration of the foiled plot to blow up Parliament by Guy Fawkes in
1605. I had the fortunate opportunity to participate in the festivities this
past Monday night with others from the UWSP Britain Study Abroad group.
bundled up and headed to Primrose Hill, an extension of Regents Park on the
north side, to get a clear view of the fireworks going on all across the city.
People were already packed in at the top of the hill by the time we got there.
There was an air of enjoyment and ease about the whole situation; drinks and
jokes were shared. Adults and children, alike, lit sparklers and danced
temporary lighted designs in the dark, and one group lit sky lanterns and we
all watched in delight as the lanterns lifted into the night sky.
the fireworks were out across the River Thames, a good distance away, but the
experience was no less spectacular. In a way, those that had gathered at the
top of Primrose Hill were getting the whole show, seeing all of London
celebrating the night all at once.
in the evening a much smaller display was put on by some locals at the bottom
of the hill, bringing the explosive festivities a little closer. That is, until
they had a malfunction setting off four or five rounds at once that didn’t
quite make it off the ground. The incident sent several individuals scampering for
their lives amidst cries of surprise from those of us at the top of the hill.
Luckily no one was injured.
the chill of the night we left happy and even a little homesick. Being familiar
with such festivities at home made us think of events we were missing in the
United States and with our families. Still, we considered it a treat that we
should be able to participate in such a massive event and join with London in
celebration and community.